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Advanced Depositions College 

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January 13, 2012 - January 16, 2012
Westin Canal Place
New Orleans, LA

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Built on the fundamentals of AAJ's Depositions College, the Advanced Depositions College provides an in-depth, cutting-edge approach to perfecting depositions and witness preparation skills.

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Friday, January 13

Registration (continental breakfast available)
7:30 – 8:00 am

Morning Session
8:15 am - 1:15 pm

Welcome and Introductions
Understanding Bias and Its Role in Discovery and at Trial
     - How bias affects your deposition strategy
     - Combating bias in discovery and trial
     - Finding your reptilian issues through discovery
Paul Scoptur

Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct with Defense Witnesses
Paul Scoptur
 Workshop:  Discovery Plan and Witness Goals
           - Witness plan
           - Goals for each lay witness—three take-aways

Networking lunch
12:15 – 1:15 pm 

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 5:45 pm

The Importance of Video
Erik Heninger

Deposition Techniques
     - Exhaustion
     - Boxing-in
     - Restating and summarizing
     - Nonverbals, mirroring
Phillip Miller

Deposing the Difficult Witness
     - One fact, one question
     - Using exhibits for control
     - Establishing deposition protocol/rules 
Robyn Wishart 

Workshop on Lay Witnesses:  Exhaustion, Boxing-in, Restating and Summarizing, Nonverbals, Mirroring 

Networking Reception
5:45 – 6:45 pm 

Saturday, January 14

Morning Session (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

“Death Star” Depositions:  The 30(b)(2) Deposition
     - Finding all the documents
     - Using a 30(b)(2) deposition to discover case dispositive information
     - Altered records:  lock the defendant in, then impeach with the originals
     - Using the “smoking gun” document
Paul Scoptur

Depositions of Corporate Representatives:  30(b)(6) Deposition
     - Crafting the notice for your case; for contention depositions related to defenses;
       demonstration of questions to establish the witness speaks for the corporation;
       relationship between Rules 30(b)(6) and 32
     - Setting the Course for Trial and Making the Plaintiff’s case:  The 30(b)(6) Deposition
       Strategy, Goals, and Techniques to Nail the Defendant
Erik Heninger
Jerry O’Neill

Workshop:  Document Discovery/“Death Star” Depositions

Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
2:00 - 5:15 pm

Demonstration:  Dealing with the Evasive Witness
     - Techniques in handling the evasive witness
     - Demonstration of deposing the evasive witness
Stacey Mullins
Jerry O’Neill

Workshop:  Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct

Sunday, January 15

Morning Session (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Dealing with the Rambo Litigator (ethics)
     - Use of ethics rules
     - Use of deposition protocol
     - Redwood v. Dobson
Lance Sears

Witness Preparation (Including a 10-minute break)
     - Learning styles
     - Processing styles
     - Making your witness defamation proof
     - Diagnosing witness’s problems and issues
Charlotte Morris

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Session
1:30 - 5:30 pm

Special Considerations for Deposing Experts
     - Establishing facts and theories favorable to your case
     - Daubert
     - Silver bullets
Jerry O’Neill

Workshop:  Deposing Experts

Microexpressions and Body Language
Phillip Miller

Monday, January 16

Morning Session (Breakfast Buffet Available)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

How to Effectively Use Your Depositions in Trial
     - Maximum effect as impeachment
     - Substantive evidence when the witness is unavailable
     - In opening and closing using PowerPoint
Stacey Mullins

Faculty Deposition Demonstrations
• Deposition of accident reconstruction expert
Phillip Miller
• Deposition of defendant driver
Robyn Wishart
• Deposition of DME
Paul Scoptur

Bringing It All Together
     - Summarization of key points from each lecture
     - Vignettes for key points

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